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60 Kenowa Hills Students Suspended For Bike Ride With Mayor, Police Escort (VIDEO)

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News 8 WOODTV.com
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The last day of senior year is apparently so closely tied with malicious pranks that school officials in Walker, Mich., have suspended more than 60 students over a three-mile bike ride they organized to the school -- a ride coordinated with the police department and the mayor no less -- that they say wasn't even a prank.

"Police escort, with the mayor, who brought us donuts," seniors told WOOD-TV.

The local news outlet also released cell phone video of school principal Katie Pennington telling the students to "Get your butts home." In the video, she also informs them they will not be allowed to participate in the school's senior walk, an annual ritual where students go through the halls to say goodbye to their teachers and younger classmates.

Initially, school officials had threatened the students with not being allowed walk in graduation, though they have reportedly reconsidered.

“She was very upset,” Serena Hall, a Kenowa Hills student, told Michigan Live. “We did not consider this a prank at all, but an opportunity to celebrate our last day at school. We were singing the school fight song (while biking).”

According to WOOD-TV, Pennington took issue with the bike ride because it backed up traffic and prevented staff from getting to school on time. She also expressed concerns that the ride put students in danger. Rob VerHeulen, the town mayor who was in the police car as part of the escort, told the station that the officer with him was not concerned about traffic or safety.

One of the bikers involved, Cody Nicks told Michigan Live that he has no regrets. He is in the National Honor Society and has a 4.33 GPA.

Matt Brown, another participant, expressed a similar sentiment to Fox 17.

"Everybody was honking at us and waving and stuff and it's something I'm going to remember for the rest of my life," Brown told the station.

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